Christian Academy Sues School District For The Right To Teach Anti-Gay Propaganda

The Cornerstone Christian Academy claims the district is "attempting to censor the teaching of Biblical sexuality."

A Christian school in Canada is facing closure after administrators refused to stop preaching anti-gay propaganda. But now the Cornerstone Christian Academy in Kingman, Alberta, is suing the school district for “censorship of the Bible.”

Cornerstone Christian Academy

Originally founded as a private school, Cornerstone joined the Battle River School Division as an alternative learning center in 2009. Last year, district officials asked the school to stop teaching a Bible passage that states men who have sex with men won’t go to heaven.

According to the district the passage, from 1 Corinthians, violated Alberta’s Human Rights Act, which all publicly funded schools, even religious ones, must abide by.

When Cornerstone refused, the district terminated its contract to operate the academy. Attorneys for Cornerstone are trying to get that decision reversed, claiming Battle River “acted out of anti-religious prejudice and ideological discrimination.”

“In attempting to censor the teaching of Biblical sexuality, and in attempting to prevent the Society from communication with staff and parents, BRSD breached its obligations under the Master Agreement, the School Act, the Alberta Bill of Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” said John Carpay of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which is representing the school in a suit.

At a school board meeting last June, Cornerstone chairwoman Deanna Margel called Battle River’s request “a violation of freedom of expression and freedom of speech.”

“There shouldn’t be restrictions on what’s considered offensive,” she added.

The case will now go before a provincial court in April. Currently, the contract with Cornerstone is set to terminate at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.